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CONFIRMED lineups: Málaga vs Real Madrid, la Liga

Kovacic starts in James' spot.

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Good news for Mateo Kovacic and Jesé Rodríguez. Both of them were bright spots in Real's 0-2 win in Rome and got a deserved start today against Málaga.

Real Madrid Starting XI: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Kovacic, Isco, Ronaldo, Jesé.

Málaga Starting XI: Kameni, Rosales, Albentosa, Welington, Torres, Juanpi, Recio, Camacho, Horta, Charles, Cop.

It will be very important for Real Madrid to have both Carvajal and Ramos available next weekend, so these two players must not get booked as they will get a suspension.

Zidane has decided to start a solid XI and one that should definitely control the tempo of the game with Kovacic, Modric and Kroos in the center of the park. James will come off the bench if needed while Jesé will try to keep his momentum going.

Varane and Pepe will be available next weekend, as the Frenchman will be back from his suspension while Pepe should make his return from injury.

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